VIdeo Game Design and Management

Program Details

If you love video games and are interested in a career in interactive entertainment, this minor provides you with the opportunity to gain the skills needed to be a game designer, level designer, game producer, or quality assurance tester. This interdisciplinary minor between ITP and the School of Cinematic Arts teaches students industry software used by professionals in those roles. Professionals appear in class to guest lecture and to judge final projects. By the completion of the minor, you’ll be able to build your own game treatment and showcase it to an industry audience.

Skills Learned

Write game design documents, stories, pitches, game budgets, test cases, test flow diagrams, and project status reports. Stay abreast of current video game trends.

Popular With

Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Disney Interactive Games, Naughty Dog, Jam City, Tryarch

Companies That Have Hired

Marshall, Economics, Computer Science, & Cinematic Arts students, and all interested in studying Video Game Design and Management.

How Do I Apply?

Make an appointment with an ITP advisor! Please call the ITP Office at 213-740-4542 to schedule a meeting or Contact Us.

Minor Requirements

Minimum units: 18 (Four core courses and 4 units of elective credit)

Required courses:
All of the following courses (14 units):

• ITP 230 – Video Game Quality Assurance (4 units) OR ITP 280 – Video Game Production (4 units)
• ITP 391a – Video Game Project Management (4 units)*
• CTIN 404 – Usability Testing for Games (2 units)
• CTIN 488 – Game Design Workshop (4 units)

Prerequisite notes:
* Students must take ITP 230 or ITP 280 prior to taking ITP 391a.

Electives:
Choose one course for a minimum of 4 units:

• ITP 230 – Video Game Quality Assurance (4 units)
• ITP 280 – Video Game Production (4 units)
• ITP 393 – Video Game Design Documents (2 units)*
• ITP 491 – Level Design and Development for Video Games (4 units)**
• CTIN 458 – Business and Management of Games (2 units)
• CTIN 478 – Level Design Workshop (2 units)
• CTIN 497 – Interactive Media Startup (1 unit)

Prerequisite notes:
* Students must take ITP 230 or ITP 280 prior to taking ITP 393.
** Students must take ITP 230 or ITP 280 prior to taking ITP 491.

IMPORTANT MINOR CATALOGUE RULES:
Students must take at least 16 units that are unique to the minor (i.e. not required to fulfill the student’s major, another minor, or general education requirements).

Specialization Requirements

Specializations are a great alternative for students who are interested in gaining experience in a subject area but do not have space in their schedule to complete a full minor program. While specializations are not a formal part of a degree program, certificates are available upon completion of required coursework.

Minimum units: 10 (One core course plus two electives)

Required courses:
All of the following courses (4 units):

• ITP 230- Video Game Quality Assurance (4 units) OR ITP 280- Video Game Production (4 units)

Electives:
Choose two courses for a minimum of 6 units:

• ITP 230- Video Game Quality Assurance (4 units)
• ITP 280-Video Game Production (4 units)
• ITP 391a- Video Game Project Management (4 units)*
• ITP 393- Video Game Design Management (2 units)*
• ITP 491- Level Design and Development for Video Games (4 units)*

Prerequisite notes:
* Students must take ITP 230 or ITP 280 prior to taking ITP 391a or ITP 393 or ITP 491.

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